Albert Einstein, Zen Master? alvin August 10, 2017 - 4:10pm

Knowing of my interest in Zen, a friend of mine sent me this photo of a letter from Albert Einstein to a parent grieving after the loss of a child:

Albert Einstein, Zen Master

Recommended Reading

After I sold Mission Data in 2007, I also sold most of my belongings and drove to Alaska, a state I fell in love with during several vacations many years ago. As a result of that moving process, I sold over 400 books, keeping only the 100 or so “best” books that would fit in my car.

Forced to think about keeping only ~100 books, I learned that my favorite business books are:

Giving advice: If you were my brother ... alvin July 31, 2017 - 7:00pm

“The way is not difficult. 

Only there must be no wanting, 
or not-wanting.”


Once you’ve become the high-paid, top-level consultant you desire to be, an important of your work comes down to giving advice. Once the big decisions have been made, there can also be a ton of detail work to be done -- but it all starts with the big decisions.

Keep the peace alvin July 31, 2017 - 6:55pm

“When you become you, Zen becomes Zen. 
When you are you, you see things as they are, 
and you become one with your surroundings.”

Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki

By now you’re a trustworthy person who makes problems go away. What more could a client want?

About the book format

Although I could easily write hundreds of pages about my consulting experiences, I want to create a book that is “accessible,” a book you can speed-read over one or two nights if you like, or perhaps read more slowly, focusing on just one chapter at a time. With this format — and with the extra “Summary” chapters at the end of the book — you can also use it as a reference, such as the night before a big meeting with a client.

Live in the moment (unless it’s unpleasant, in which case I’ll eat a cookie) alvin July 31, 2017 - 11:35am

“Today I will live in the moment ... unless it’s unpleasant, in which case I’ll eat a cookie.”

~ Cookie Monster

Saturday, August 20, 2005

It's Saturday evening now, and I'm just catching up on the events of the last few days. My friend wrote today to ask how the meeting went with the LLC business partners the other day. Here's my reply:

Well, I hope things will work out ok, I don't know. I already see some problems, but hopefully it won't implode. Jack is running around, presumably talking to lawyers, and wants to immediately know exactly how much I want, etc.